Officers are continuing to search for 37-year-old Stephen Cotton, who went missing from Stoke-on-Trent on Thursday morning (31 October).

He is thought to be in the Ashover area (near Matlock) of Derbyshire and officers from Staffordshire Police are working closely (PoliceLink) with officers from Derbyshire Constabulary and mountain rescue who continue to conduct a detailed area search today (Saturday). Police helicopters have also been involved in the search.

Officers are urging any ramblers or anyone else visiting the Ashover/Matlock area over the weekend to contact them if they seen anyone resembling Stephen in the area.

He is described as white, 6ft 3in tall and of a medium build. He has short brown hair worn spiky on top, a goatee beard, a pale complexion and green eyes. He is thought to be wearing blue jeans and a navy waterproof coat.

He was driving a white Peugeot Expert panel van, which has the words ‘Right Fix’ on the side in red on a black background.

The information has also been shared across the Staffordshire and Derbyshire Constabulary social media sites – in Staffordshire alone 45,700 people have seen the Facebook post on the appeal.

Anyone who has seen Stephen or his van or anyone who knows his whereabouts should ring Staffordshire Police immediately on 101, quoting incident number 6 of 1 November.

MISSING Stephen Cotton / Staffs Police click LINK…..